ARTISTIC youngsters are being invited to enter a competition to design a colourful poster which will promote an historic event.
The Titchfield Bonfire Boys Society, which runs the Titchfield Carnival, is holding the competition for the first time this year.
And the winning designs will be put up around the village ahead of the carnival, held this year on Sunday, October 23.
The carnival, which dates back 131 years, regularly attracts about 5,000 people who line the streets to cheer on the floats and procession.
Society chairwoman Ann Whyntie said: ‘The competition is a new idea for us and it’s open to any of the children in the village.
‘We thought it would be a nice way of involving the children more with the carnival.’
There are two age groups, four to seven and eight to 11, and the poster should be on A4-size paper and be in felt pens, crayons or paints.
The top artists will then see their designs put on display.
The winners will be announced at the village fayre at Barry’s Meadow in Titchfield on September 11.
The fayre is one of the society’s main fundraising events for the carnival and will feature numerous stalls, games and activities, as well as a dog show for the first time.
‘We’re hoping for an Indian summer on the 11th,’ said Mrs Whyntie. ‘We’ve been very lucky with the weather in recent years, but it should be a really good day. There’s a lot of excitement.’
In 2007 the society reluctantly cancelled the carnival for the first time in their history because rising costs forced them into crippling debt.
But Mrs Whyntie said: ‘Everything is okay on the finance front now but we are being very careful with the budget and everything will be going ahead as planned.
‘There’s always been a shortfall in the money with the carnival but we’ve never given up.’
The society also prides itself on its work in the community and regularly gives out Christmas hampers to the elderly as well as buying a steel pan for Titchfield Primary School and helped buy kayaks for the sea scouts.
However, they are short of volunteers to marshal the carnival route and crowds and collect money on the way round.
Mrs Whyntie added: ‘We are desperately short of marshals. Everyone will get full training and they won’t be on their own.’
For more information go to titchfieldbonfireboys.co.uk or call 07547 681585.